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UPPAbaby G-Link 2 Review

Stylish and high quality choice with useful features for longer trips
uppababy g-link 2 double umbrella stroller review
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $350 List | $349.99 at Amazon
Pros:  High quality, comfy seats, useful features
Cons:  Heavier, storage bin access issues
Manufacturer:   UPPAbaby
By Wendy Schmitz & BabyGearLab Review Team  ⋅  Dec 20, 2021
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  • Weight/Folded Size - 40% 5.6
  • Ease Of Use - 30% 7.3
  • Maneuverability - 20% 5.1
  • Quality - 10% 9.0

The Skinny

The UPPAbaby G-Link 2 is a high-end umbrella stroller for two. It has a strong focus on providing comfortable spaces for passengers and useful features for parents, not often found in this style of stroller. We like the impressive canopy, deep reclining seats, and easy-to-use buckles with 5-point harnesses. It has adequate storage, but it is somewhat split and you'll want to use two smaller bags instead of one. This option is somewhat heavy and large compared to the competition despite the reduction of size and weight since its redesign. Parents with lifting limitations or space restrictions might want to look elsewhere. Overall, we think this is an excellent double stroller for those who need a lightweight option to use frequently.

Editor's Note: This review was updated on December 18, 2021, with details about the weight and folded size of each option presented in an easy-to-read chart for side-by-side comparisons.

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Pros High quality, comfy seats, useful featuresEasy to use, giant canopies, quick fold, includes accessoriesVery small, well-made, adjustable leg restsPrice, small, light, easy to stowBetter maneuverability, good quality, parent console
Cons Heavier, storage bin access issuesBrakes require extra attention to set, hard to push and turn off-roadExpensive, harder to fold, no peek-a-boo windowsLower quality, harder to useHeavier, larger, hard to use storage, higher price
Bottom Line Stylish and high quality choice with useful features for longer tripsThis sturdy ride for two includes adequate storage, a quick fold, useful accessories, and lighter weight, but its brakes take some extra attentionSomewhat pricey umbrella that is well made and fits in tight spacesA budget-friendly option that is easy to carry and fits in small spacesHeavy with limited rear seat function that disappoints for the price
Rating Categories UPPAbaby G-Link 2 Zoe Twin+ Mountain Buggy Nano... Delta Children LX S... Joovy Caboose Ultra...
Weight/Folded Size (40%)
5.6
7.2
8.2
9.0
4.4
Ease Of Use (30%)
7.3
8.6
6.0
2.7
4.9
Maneuverability (20%)
5.1
4.0
3.6
3.6
4.1
Quality (10%)
9.0
7.0
7.0
3.0
6.0
Specs UPPAbaby G-Link 2 Zoe Twin+ Mountain Buggy Nano... Delta Children LX S... Joovy Caboose Ultra...
Weight 21.3 lbs 19.8 lbs 20.3 lbs 18.5 lbs 23.9 lbs
Folded Dimensions 18"W x 15"H x 42"L 29.25"W x 28.5"H x 12.5"L 28.5"W x 13"H x 20.2"L 17"W x 11.5"H x 42"L 21.2"W x 11.8"H x 45.5"L
Folded Volume 6.6 cu ft 6.0 cu ft 4.3 cu ft 4.8 cu ft 6.6 cu ft
Capacity Limits Minimum: 3 months
Maximum: 55 lbs/45"
Minimum: 3 months
Maximum: 45 lbs
Minimum: 6 months
Maximum: 33 lbs
Minimum: Must Have Proper Head and Neck Control
Maximum: 35 lbs
Minimum: 3 months Front Seat, 6 months Rear Seat
Maximum: 45 lbs/44"
Included Car Seat Compatibility None None None None Baby Trend
Flex-Loc, Latch-Loc
Britax
B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone
BOB
B-Safe
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Combi
Shuttle 33, Shuttle, Connection
Cybex
Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q
Evenflo
Embrace
Graco
Junior Baby, SafeSeat, Snugride Click Connect 30, 35, 40, SnugRide Classic Connect 22, 32, 35
JJ Cole
Newport
Lamaze
Via
Maxi Cosi
Mico, Mico NXT, Mico AP, Cabriofix, Pebble, Prezi
Mothercare
Travel Tot
Nuna
Pipa
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35, Primo Viaggio SIP, Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30
Recaro
Performance Coupe
Safety 1st
onBoard 35, onBoard 35 Air, Designer 22
UPPAbaby
Mesa
Click-in Car Seat Adapters None None None None None
Strap-in Car Seat Adapters None None None None Baby Trend
Flex-Loc, Latch-Loc
Britax
B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone
BOB
B-Safe
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Combi
Shuttle 33, Shuttle, Connection
Cybex
Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q
Evenflo
Embrace
Graco
Junior Baby, SafeSeat, Snugride Click Connect 30, 35, 40, SnugRide Classic Connect 22, 32, 35
JJ Cole
Newport
Lamaze
Via
Maxi Cosi
Mico, Mico NXT, Mico AP, Cabriofix, Pebble, Prezi
Mothercare
Travel Tot
Nuna
Pipa
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35, Primo Viaggio SIP, Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30
Recaro
Performance Coupe
Safety 1st
onBoard 35, onBoard 35 Air, Designer 22
UPPAbaby
Mesa
One-handed Fold No No No No No
Locking Fold Auto Auto Auto Manual Manual
Self-standing Fold No No Yes No No
Carry Strap No No Yes No No
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 41.5" 41" 39.7" 36.8" 41.8"
Sandal-friendly Brake No Yes Yes No Yes
Included Accessories None Parent Cup Holder
2 Children Cup/Snack Holder
None None None
Setup Time 2-5 Min 2-5 Min 2-5 Min 2-5 Min 10-15 Min

Our Analysis and Test Results

American-born UPPAbaby has a decade's worth of experience creating and designing baby gear. They draw their inspiration from family and continuously strive to create quality products that are easy to use through innovation. Currently, UPPAbaby has a variety of stroller options and high ranking infant car seat in their lineup of baby gear, the UPPAbaby Mesa.

Performance Comparison



uppababy g-link 2 double umbrella stroller review - the g-link 2 has a carry handle and two close locks.
The G-Link 2 has a carry handle and two close locks.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Weight and Folded Size


The new G-Link 2 lost some weight with its redesign with a total weight of 21.3 lbs compared to its previous 24.7 lbs, which is significant given that this is a lightweight category. However, it is still one of the heaviest options in the group.


Folded, it measures 11,340 cubic inches, which is almost 2000 cubic inches smaller than the old G-Link. The weight is related to the higher quality of the materials and the better features. Still, it is important to consider if weight and size are a serious concern in your decision-making process.


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The G-Link 2 has some useful features not found on all of the umbrella competition.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


The G-Link earns a higher score for ease of use than much of the competition. It includes useful features that are straightforward to operate and help make longer trips more enjoyable for everyone.

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The G-Link 2 has an umbrella style fold with the pull of a handle the stroller collapses inward.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Fold and Unfold


This stroller uses the traditional umbrella-folding process that works smoothly and collapses in on itself to bunch up much in the way an umbrella would. It auto-locks and has a carry strap but doesn't self-stand like the G-Link of yore. This sub-test is 25% of the ease of use total.



uppababy g-link 2 double umbrella stroller review - the dual wheel design on the g-link 2 is not our favorite and the...
The dual wheel design on the G-link 2 is not our favorite and the brake pedal placement makes it all the worse.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Brakes


The brakes on this UPPAbaby are not the best we've seen. They are difficult to set and release with a design that is not friendly to uncovered feet. The pedal is between two wheels and just barely peeks out between them, making it hard to press it. It is also very stiff, and it feels like you're going to break the brake before the pedal moves.

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The storage bins on the G-link 2 have poor access and no access when the seats are reclined.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Storage


Storage is important in an umbrella stroller, which is why it makes up 25% of the total ease of use result. The G-Link 2 has adequate storage that is fairly impressive for an umbrella product. The back access is somewhat limited thanks to the folding mechanism getting in the way, but it has a 10-lb limit you won't find in the competition. We recommend two smaller bags instead of one large one, as the basket is almost split in two.


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There are two large canopy pockets on the G-Link 2 as well as a cup holder you can remove.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The G-Link 2 also has two pockets on the back of the canopies with zippers to keep things contained, as well as a removable cup holder you can mount on the side or between the two seats in the back.

uppababy g-link 2 double umbrella stroller review - the g-link 2 sunshades are some of the best in the bunch when it...
The G-Link 2 sunshades are some of the best in the bunch when it comes to lightweight double strollers.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Sunshade


Umbrella strollers are often used outdoors, where shade is important, so sunshade usefulness is 20% of the total ease of use score. The G-Link 2 offers impressive canopies that manage to get better with each new model. The sunshades are UPF 50+ and can cover most passengers to the knee. The new shades lack peek-a-boo windows (bummer) but are high enough to work with taller riders.


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The crotch strap on the 5-point harness on the G-Link is not adjustable and is so long it nearly reaches the chest level of some passengers.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Harness


The 5-point harness on the G-Link 2 sports the typical UPPAbaby buckle that is very user-friendly. The harnesses are easy to rethread, but the crotch strap is one size fits no one that is so long it might hit some kids in the chin. We aren't sure how this design choice made it into the final product, but it isn't great for finding a useful fit for all.

uppababy g-link 2 double umbrella stroller review - the seat backs on the g-link 2 recline with the push of a button and...
The seat backs on the G-Link 2 recline with the push of a button and can be operated one-handed whether lowering or raising.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Seat


The new G-Link 2 did away with the adjustable leg rests we loved so much on the older version. While this may have helped lower the weight, we are sad to see it go. However, if it is cozy napping you want, this stroller offers the deepest recline in the group, and the adjustment is easy to accomplish one-handed for both lowering and raising. Seat comfort is important for napping little ones, which is why we these tests are 15% of the ease of use total.


We don't recommend umbrella or lightweight stroller use with littles under six months old. This type of stroller lacks the design features required to support an infant's developing body. Traveling over uneven surfaces without head and neck muscle control can be jarring for little ones riding in a stroller that doesn't accommodate these developmental milestones.

Ease of Setup


The G-Link 2 assembly requires no tools, and the manual is easy to follow with useful photos. It took around five minutes to set up this stroller.


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The dual wheel on one leg design of the G-Link 2 negatively impacts its maneuverability score but it still managed to be easier to push than much of the competition.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Maneuverability


In general, the lightweight contenders were all disappointing for maneuverability.


However, the G-Link 2 did manage the highest score in the group for being fairly easy to push and turn. Pushing on flat surfaces wasn't a problem, but turning takes some effort given the wider footprint and flexing handles. Unfortunately, the G-Link 2 still sports the dual wheel per leg design we believe makes pushing off-road challenging. It performed better than the competition, but it wasn't anything to sing about. You can't push it one-handed, and turns will be slow. You might be able to pop up a curb with smaller children, but as the weight increases, your ability to manage this feat will vary.

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Foam filled plastic tires, like these on the G-Link 2 are not the best, but are better than some of the other options we find on umbrella products.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The G-Link 2 includes suspension (not typically found on lightweight or umbrella-style options) and foam-filled plastic wheels. The deep reclining seats include soft padding on sling-style seats, offering superior comfort over much of the competition that uses a single piece of fabric sans padding. The push handles have a foam cover and tilt in for comfort. Both passengers and parents felt the G-Link 2 was comfortable enough for longer trips.

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UPPAbaby traditionally creates higher end products and the G-link 2 is no exception with higher quality materials than the competition.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Quality


The G-Link 2 stands out in the quality department with a price to match its impressive construction and materials.


This stroller ranks highly in our quality metric compared to the other options with durable and soft fabric, well-machined parts that move smoothly and combine to form a sturdy and dependable stroller. Many of the other contenders in our review struggled with wonky canopies, wobbly wheels, and flexing frames, while the G-Link 2 sports perfect sunshades, ample padding, and consistent stitching. The overall fit and finish of the G-Link 2 are hard to ignore in a side-by-side with the competition.

Should You Buy the UPPAbaby G-Link 2?


If you value quality over all else and want a product that will stand the test of time and toddlerhood, then the G-Link is one you should absolutely add to your shortlist. This stroller offers better quality than the competition and has a sturdy feel we didn't see in all competitors. It is also easier to use than some of the competition and easier to push than most lightweight strollers we've tested. It is hard not to love the G-Link.

What Other Double Umbrella Stroller Should You Consider?


The G-Link comes with a higher price tag, and while not the highest in the group, it is high for a product that might be your second or third stroller and may not get the same level of use as your primary ride. If this describes your situation and you want to keep an eye on your budget, the less expensive Zoe Twin+ could be a better fit. With ample features for convenience and cozy seating, the Zoe is a good middle road for quality with more features at a more reasonable price for some.

Wendy Schmitz & BabyGearLab Review Team
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